Trees, waves and linkages: models of language diversification
The number of languages spoken in the planet has oscillated up and down throughout the history of mankind. Because no natural language appears ex nihilo, one has to explain how new languages emerge out of older ones. Some result historically from the encounter of two populations who were driven, under very special conditions, to combine elements of their respective languages and create a new one. Yet this pattern, whereby a language is born of two parents, is not the typical scenario. New...[Show more]
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